During my convalescence these past three months, as a result of my ankle fusion, Christ gave me the opportunity to appreciate the virtue of acceptance. You see, when you can’t place any weight on your foot, you are somewhat helpless. I couldn’t stand in the kitchen and make any meals. Nor, could I do any housecleaning, or laundry. I couldn’t run any errands or do the grocery shopping. All I could do was sit in a Lazy-Boy chair, with my foot elevated, and let others do things for me. This is where I learned the gift of the virtue of acceptance.
Putting my pride aside, I gratefully, and humbly accepted meals prepared by my neighbors and friends. (They were all delicious. by the way!). One friend vacuumed my entire house (better than I could ever do it)! Yet, it was my husband, who made the biggest impact on me. He was there, in the middle of the night, helping me go to the bathroom. He took on all my household responsibilities, in addition to his own; cooking, cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping, etc. He did it all without complaint; only with love. I learned to accept how he wanted to do things, his way, because of the virtue of acceptance.
Virtue of Acceptance
The virtue of acceptance is often viewed as accepting others as they are, not necessarily as accepting your own situation as it is. Therefore, this time to reflect on this little-known virtue, from a different vantage point, was a gift from God to me. I can see blessings from the virtue of Acceptance differently than viewed in the past. Allowing others to grace you with their love, and accepting that love in your heart – well, that’s a beautiful thing!
With whom in your life, might you receive an opportunity to appreciate the virtue of Acceptance? How might someone else come to your assistance, where you can accept their love in your heart? You know, when you accept the love of neighbor, you accept the love of Christ. And that, too, is a beautiful thing!
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